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RAO BULLETIN 15 November 2018

#1 Postby boardman » Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:55 pm

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BULLETIN
15 November 2018

THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == DoD Budget 2020 [01] ---- (Potential 5% Cut Impact on Active Duty/Retirees)
05 == DoD Nuclear Mission [02] ---- (New Warhead’s Projected Cost & Availability)
07 == DoD Audits [02] ---- (Audit Results of $2.4 Trillion in Assets Due 15 NOV)
08 == DoD/VA CWA Planning Effort ---- (Chemical Warfare Agent Exposure)
09 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2018)
09 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2018 | Nineteen)
12 == Washington DC’s Lesser Known Memorials ---- (Worth Visiting)

. * VA * .

14 == VA Lawsuit | Unpaid ER Bills ---- (Loophole Allowing VA Not to Pay Insurance Copay)
16 == VA Lawsuit | Aaron Merritt ---- ($2.5M Settlement in Wrongful Death Claim)
18 == VA Research [03] ---- (Medical Experiment Dog Use Will Continue)
18 == VA Medical Marijuana [53] ---- (Wilke Opposed Until Federal Law Changes)
19 == VA Budget FY 2020 ---- (Veterans Affairs Secretary Anticipates Congress Will Increase)
19 == VA Website [04] ---- (Reformatted Under Digital Modernization Effort)
20 == VA Unions [03] ---- (Contract Repudiation | Employees to Return to Medical Duties)
20 == VA Unions [04] ---- (Plan to Fight the VA Official Time Move in Court)
21 == VA AI ---- (Reducing Patient Wait Time Utilizing Arterial Intelligence)
22 == VA Claim Filing [11] ---- (Suggestions for A Successful Outcome)
24 == Depleted Uranium ---- (VA DU Follow-up Program)
25 == VA Disability System [01] ---- (Circumstantial Presumed Service-Connected Disabilities)
26 == VA Life Insurance (S-DVI) [04] ---- (Eligibility & Application)
27 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2018)
28 == VAMC Oklahoma City [04] ---- (Surgeon Shortage)

. * VETS * .

29 == Homeless Vets [90] ---- (5.4% Decrease in 2018 & Nearly 50% since 2010)
30 == Vet Lawsuits | Richard Stayskal ---- ($10M Army Gross Medical Malpractice)
32 == Veterans in Congress [09] ---- (Initial Mid-Term Election Results)
32 == Vet Jobs [239] ---- (Google to Have 21,000 Military Hires by 2021)
33 == Soldiers Memorial St. Louis MO [02] ---- (Renovation Complete)
34 == National Veterans Memorial and Museum ---- (Now Open)
35 == Bladensburg WWI Vet Memorial [06] ---- (Supreme Court Will Hear Case)
36 == Vet Legal Assistance [02] ---- (Improved Access to Free Services)
37 == Veterans Month ---- (NOV Designated National Veterans and Military Families Month)
38 == Veterans Day Tribute [01] ---- (Taps & The Last Post Events)
38 == Vet Unemployment [17] ---- (Fell from 3.4 to 2.9 Percent in OCT)
38 == Vietnam Vets [32] ---- (R. Lee Ermey)
39 == Stolen Valor [112] ---- (Actor Cut Off Own Arm to Get Roles)
40 == Obit: Stan Lee ---- (12 NOV 2018 | Marvel Superheroes Creator)
42 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 15 NOV 2018
43 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 15 NOV 2018)
43 == State Veteran's Benefits ---- (Delaware 2018)

. * VET LEGISLATION * .

44 == None. Congress in Recess

. * MILITARY* .0

44 == Camouflage Netting ---- (USMC Protection from Robotic Eyes)
45 == Camouflage Netting [01] ---- (U.S. Army ULCANS)
46 == Navy Recruiting ---- (Challenges on The Horizon | War For Talent)
48 == USMC Recruitment [03] ---- (Corps Is Finding New Marines Despite Challenges)
50 == Seagoing Drones ---- (China’s Liaowangzhe-2 Roboboat Fires Up to 4 Guided Missiles)
51 == Combat Drones ---- (America Seems to Have Squandered A 10-Year Head Start)
53 == Base Housing ---- (Tenants Living At Whims of Private Landlords)
53 == DARPA [06] ---- (ALIAS Robot Copilot)
55 == Air Force BMT ---- (Changed to Increase Readiness and Lethality)
56 == Robot Mule ---- (USMC Adds to Xmas List)
57 == USCG Icebreakers [06] ---- (Polar Security Cutter Funding Needed)
58 == Diver Propulsion Device (DPD) ---- (USMC Wants A Faster, More Stable Model)
59 == Aircraft Carriers ---- (Huge, Hulking Targets | Can They Remain Viable?)
61 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (1MC thru Adrift)
63 == Warships That Will Change the Future ---- (Russian Corvette Boikiy)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

64 == Arizona Memorial [10] ---- (Repairs Won’t Be Finished Until March)
64 == WWI Animal Participation ---- (Beasts of Burden and Their Fate)
66 == Civil War Burials ---- (Whitfield Evans | No Veteran Ever Dies)
68 == WWI U.S. Clout ---- (Kept Increasing Right up to Armistice Day)
69 == WWI Last Hours ---- (10,900 on 11 NOV | A Terrible Toll)
71 == WWI Poem ---- (In Flanders Fields)
71 == WWI Military Technology ---- (How Prepared Was the U.S?)
73 == Killing Admiral Yamamoto ---- (WWII Operation Vengeance)
74 == Mussolini’s Rescue ---- (Credited to Otto Skorzeny)
77 == Fractured Jaw ---- (How Close Did the U.S. Get to Using Nuclear Weapons in 1968)
77 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Engulfed in Ash)
78 == Post WWII Photos ---- (Brandenburg Gate)
78 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [18] ---- (Sugar's Blues)
79 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 30 NOV)
79 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (William David Halyburton | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

81 == Medication Obtainment [01] ---- (Abandoned Prescriptions | Too Expensive)
81 == Shingles [10] ---- (Dealing With the Vaccine Shortage)
82 == Medicare Part B Premiums [06] ---- (2019 Increase Impact on Benefits)
83 == Medicare Part D [36] ---- (Doughnut Hole Gap in 2019)
84 == Surprise Medical Bills ---- (Proposed Legislation)
84 == TRICARE Open Season [01] ---- (Q & A)
85 == Gulf War Syndrome [45] ---- (New Device Improves Balance)
86 == Pharmacy Rankings ---- (Those that Provide the Best Customer Service)
87 == End of Life Care ---- (Options | Palliative or Hospice)
89 == FEDVIP [01] ---- (Retiree Dental Care | Is A Train Wreck on the Way?)
90 == Diabetes [15] ---- (Gestational)
91 == TRICARE Podcast 474 ---- (Healthy Dental Habits – TRICARE/Federal Benefits Open Season)
92 == TRICARE Podcast 475 ---- (Federal Benefits/TRICARE Open Season Q&A)

. * FINANCES * .

94 == Car Buying [01] ---- (Websites You Should Check Before Buying Any Car)
95 == Ticket Fees ---- (Tired of Being Ripped Off – Take Action)
96 == Home Upgrades ---- (What They Really Cost)
97 == Social Security Q & A ---- (181101 thru 181115 | File and Suspend)
98 == Home Prices [01] ----- (Average Cost in U.S. Metro Cities)
99 == Life Insurance [03] ---- (You Can Sell Your Policy If You Don’t Need It Anymore)
99 == Thrift Savings Plan 2018 [02] ---- (TSP Tumbled in October)
100 == Homeowners Insurance [04] ---- (Get It right)
100 == Personal Budget ---- (Steps to Get Back On Track)
101 == Cruise Scam ---- (How it Works)
102 == Fake Invoice Scam ---- (Don’t Pay Them)
103 == Insurance Scams ---- (Fake Florida Blue Agents)
103 == Tax Burden for Michigan Retired Vets ---- (As of NOV 2018)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

105 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 15 NOV 2018)
106 == Traffic Tickets ---- (How to Minimize or Eliminate Them)
107 == Afghan Failures [04] ---- (Afghans Place Blame on Americans)
109 == NATO Defense Spending [03] ----- (Only 5 Countries Have Met 2% GDP Payments)
110 == U.S. China Military Tensions [01] ---- (U.S. Will Not Stop Transiting Disputed Reefs)
111 == Vietnam Security Alert ---- (Travelers Heads Up)
111 == Vietnam Agent Orange ---- (Danang Airport Cleanup Completed)
112 == Iran U.S. Sanctions [01] ---- (Resumption Reaction | War Situation Declared)
113 == Superaged States ---- (None Yet But There Will Be 17 in 10 Years)
114 == U.S. Citizenship Birthright ---- (Should This 14th Amendment Right Be Ended?)
116 == Household Item Longevity [01] ---- (8 Items That Go Bad or Become Dangerous)
118 == One Word Essays ---- (Curiosity)
119 == Interesting Ideas ---- (Homemade Lawn Sprinkler)
119 == Have You Heard? ---- (Serenity | Firearm | Is Sex Work?)

NOTE
1. The page number on which an article can be found is provided to the left of each article’s title
2. Numbers contained within brackets [ ] indicate the number of articles written on the subject. To obtain previous articles send a request to raoemo@sbcglobal.net.

. * ATTACHMENTS * .

Attachment – Delaware Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 30 NOV
Attachment – Fractured Jaw | Plan for Tactical Nuclear Weapons Use in Vietnam

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